by Steve Lague

After an eight-year absence the Perth International Boat Show will once again be WA’s major boating event.

It will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and the newly completed Elizabeth Quay on the Swan River providing first class land and water-based facilities in the city.

The return of the Club Marine Perth International Boat Show also comes in the same year as the re-launch of the Sydney International Boat Show that will move back to the one location at Darling Harbour with the completion of Sydney’s new Convention and Exhibition Centre.

While the return of the city-based show in WA will not necessarily be the death knell of the hugely successful Mandurah Boat Show it will certainly have a massive impact. The most likely scenario is that it will become a much smaller regional show. At its peak, Mandurah attracted 28,000 visitors and was regarded as the third biggest boat show in the country behind Sydney and Sanctuary Cove. But crowds and exhibitor numbers have been dropping off in recent times with last year’s show, which was badly affected by poor weather, only attracting 14,000 people through the gates.

Premier Events’ Managing Director Peter Woods, who ran the Mandurah Show and has been contracted to run the Perth show for the BIAWA, said the new city-based Perth show would be a similar model to the Sydney Boat Show.

“The two sites are ideal for an event such as this. The inner city location means easy access for transport and infrastructure, and there is no better choice than being right on the stunning Swan River,” Mr Woods said.

“From the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, a short walk down the escalators will lead to the on- water displays within Elizabeth Quay, Perth’s newest public space. . .a $2.6 billion project that has made a major contribution to Perth’s transformation and is just a block away from Perth’s central business district.”

“The central location and the opportunity to present an event of international quality will attract new audiences to the Boat Show; as well as offer a fresh approach for the industry.”

“By using Elizabeth Quay, it means the Show can offer so many on-water demonstration opportunities. Already we have talked about a sailing regatta, and several exhibitors are planning new boat demos, plus sailing activities for kids,” he said.

BIAWA Chairman, Mike Beanland, said industry feedback over the past few years had focused on the need to create an event in a location that suited exhibitors, and allowed room for growth.

“Until now we have had several boat shows in regional and metropolitan WA. The vision for the Club Marine Perth International Boat Show was to create one major boat show that was of international standard and reflected the prosperous and diverse marine industry we have in WA.”

The Club Marine Perth International Boat Show will be a four-day event held over a long weekend, from Friday September 22 to Monday September 25.

Club Marine Perth International Boat Show Facts

The show will be a four-day event and will combine a Trade Show with entertainment and related activities.

The Trade Show will be in two locations:

Indoor Displays

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  • Trailerboats from all major brands and manufacturers
  • Marine electronics
  • Safety equipment
  • Recreational equipment
  • Displays from government agencies
  • Travel and tourism information
  • Insurance and finance
  • Fishing and outdoor related products

On-Water Displays

  • Boats under 15m within the Quay
  • Big Boats (over 15m) outside the Quay
  • Covered walkways and pontoons
  • On water boat demos and trials

The event will also offer entertainment and activities such as:Mandurah BS 5

  • Boat trials and demonstrations
  • “How to” demonstrations on a variety of topics
  • Celebrity entertainers and special guests
  • Stage shows
  • On-water entertainment
  • Activities for children and families
  • Fishing demonstrations
  • Seafood cooking demonstrations
  • Sailing and boating demonstrations and rides